Tourney may signal turnaround for v-ball

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Madi Hingston digs deep to send the ball to McNary’s front line in the Lady Celts’ match with McKay High School Sept. 17. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Madi Hingston digs deep to send the ball to McNary’s front line in the Lady Celts’ match with McKay High School Sept. 17. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School varsity volleyball team found success in another weekend tournament, but the team is still looking for its first win in a regulation match-up.

The Lady Celts traveled to the Rogue Valley Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 21, and came away from the event with four  wins.

In pool play, the Celts won a match and split another before sweeping bracket matches. First up was North Medford High School, who the Celts handed a 2-1 loss with set scores of 23-25, 25-17 and 15-10. McNary also beat Crater and Grants Pass high schools in straight sets of 25-19 and 25-22, and 17-17 and 25-22, respectively.

“I think the girls finally started to play to win and without a fear of making mistakes,” said Kellie Scholl, McNary’s head coach. “Our block continued to be strong, and our defense picked up especially in our last two matches where we were playing against two very strong offensive teams. Offensively, our hitters did a great job, making far less errors and our serving improved.”

The news was less spectacular in McNary’s opening Central Valley Conference match-ups.


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